The reality of traveling abroad
It’s been almost a year since the pandemic began. With the definitive vaccine still on its way, the fight against the coronavirus is likely to be prolonged. That means that we still have a long way to go before we can freely travel abroad again.
In Japan, the number of medical institutions that offer PCR tests has increased considerably, but when it comes to traveling abroad, The cost of the test will be out of the coverage of the national health insurance. It seems that the average cost of a PCR test is currently about 40,000 yen. At the newly opened PCR test center at Narita Airport, one can get an inspection quickly, but the cost is quite high at 39,800 yen (the price with a reservation ). In addition to a PCR test, there are other difficulties too. For example, when traveling from Japan to Taiwan, it is currently obligatory to quarantine for 14 days after entering the country, and it costs about 150,000-200000 yen if staying at a hotel. During the quarantine period, travelers are not allowed to go out, which is physically and mentally challenging.